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Ornaments 18-21

12/31/2011 09:08:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »
So I know that it's the new year and all but I got behind on my ornaments and I still wanted to document them.

Ornament #18
Buffalo Dung
Last year we took a major trip out west for the summer and stayed at Yellowstone National Park for a few days. We bought this ornament that was made out of Buffalo poo so Reed calls it our "poonament".

Ornament #19
Wooden Chalkboard

I like it when I have ornaments that have the year on it. As you can see this one was in 1999. My mom had found these chalkboard ornaments in different shapes at Jo-Ann's for cheap. So used gel pens to write on the chalk part and then a thin sharpie for the outer edges. We cut images off of old Christmas cards to glue on the back and then edged them in scribble paint. I remember really loving the picture that I used of Mary and Baby Jesus. This was a great way to re-use those Christmas cards that you like the pictures so much you can't bring yourself to throw them away!

Ornament #20
This ornament was given to me by a congregation of a Methodist Church that I used to play organ for in Obetz. It was great practice for me and very interesting to go to another congregation's worship service. They had wanted to pay me but I had refused since it was on Sunday and I just wanted to experience. I played for them for a whole year and then I was leaving for OU. On my last Sunday the pastor called me up to the front of the chapel and thanked me for my service and then presented me with a gift bag on which was attached this ornament. The members of the congregation had all pitched in and purchased several gift cards that totaled to over $300! I was so touched by their generosity and the experience reminded me that a Christian is a Christian no matter what.

Ornament #21
This is one of the ornaments that doesn't have a year on it and I wish it did. It's a simple shape cut out of cardboard with fabric ironed on and then cut. I think we glued the layers on using a hot glue gun and then used the rick-rack as the hanger for a country touch.

Ornaments 14-17

12/20/2011 01:27:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »
Ornament #14

This angel was made via family assembly line. I remember that each of us had a job- bend the pipe cleaner, put the lace on, tie the gold ric-rac, glue the head on, glue the hair on, etc... Then the angels were always put up near the top of the Christmas tree since they were on the fragile side.

Ornament #15

This ornament was purchased a few years ago at a trip to the Columbus Zoo. They were on sale and since I have a lot of memories of zoo trips with friends and family, I thought it worth the few bucks.

Ornament #16
Myrtle Beach
Thought this ornament was a great representation of the fun Spring Break vacation that we had at Myrtle Beach in 2010.

Ornament #17
Snow Angel
Santa brought me this lovely ornament when I was a teenager.

Ornaments 10-13

12/13/2011 08:20:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »
Ornament #10
Silver Dollar City

Last year my family took several vacations to Branson, MO and we got season passes to Silver Dollar City. When we were there for Thanksgiving we saw that if you had visited SDC 4 times in the year than you got this free ornament. Mom and I were the only ones that qualified and so I proudly display it on our tree :)

Ornament #11
Lara's Little Feet
When Lara was a baby HHC participated in this craft program where you could purchase items with your child's art printed on it. We bought this sweet little ornament and Lara loves to look at it and talk about what she was like as a baby.

Ornament #12
Punched Juice Lids

This is another ornament made by my family several years ago. We collected tons of lids from frozen juices and punched patterns using nails. We had stars, bells, and something else that I'm not remembering. Then the lace was hot-glued on along with the ribbon. These were very time consuming and I'm proud that we did so many.

Ornament #13
My Cute Face
I made this ornament in Kindergarten and it has my one and only school picture on it. Wasn't I so adorable?! I don't mind saying that I think I was.

Ornaments 7-9

12/09/2011 05:24:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »
Ornament #7
Crazy Mouse

These mice are made of felt, googly eyes, mini pom-poms, and pipe cleaners for the candy cane. We liked making the mice as crazy looking as possible by picking different colored eyes. This isn't one of those ones but it still looks crazy.

Ornament #8
Paper Filigree Poinsettia

We visited the New Boston Faire one year for Labor Day and I was so impressed with an artist who made these ornaments and other items out of paper.

Ornament #9
Plastic Canvas Snowflake

These were relatively easy ornaments to make. Cut the plastic canvas, stitch on the outline, put glue on the yarn, sprinkle clear glitter. Voila, sparkly plastic canvas snowflake. My sisters and I stitched a lot of these!

Ornaments 1-6

12/06/2011 06:37:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »
I am not one to have a themed Christmas tree mostly because it's not what I grew up with. My family would make a different ornament each year so by the time I got married I had 22 or more ornaments to take with me. (I think I got married when I was 22 anyways). Another thing my family did was to buy an ornament as a souvenir from trips and vacations. Reed and I decided to keep that tradition going in our own family. I was looking at our tree this year and I loved seeing all our ornaments and thinking of some stories behind them. So I have
decided to post a different ornament and it's story each day for the whole month of December. But of course I am behind so today I am posting 6 ornaments. :)

Ornament #1

I am actually not sure who gave me this but I'm thinking it was my Nana and Papa. The year is almost worn away on it but you can still see the 1983 that marked my birthday. I must have been angelic, hence the picture :) Haha!

Ornament #2
This ornament was one of the first ones made by my family. I know that it is one of the first because there are only 4 in the set- Mom, Dad, Me, and Jamie. (Suki, correct me if I'm wrong but I think you don't have a snowman).

Ornament #3
Penguins on Ice
What I remember about these ornaments is that they were given to us by my Grandma and Grandpa. My sisters and I loved hiding the ornaments on the tree, next to a tree light it would kind of glow, and then we would find each other's ornaments.

Ornament #4
Chinese Fish
Reed and I took a trip to San Francisco a few months after we were married. We decided to carry on the tradition of buying an ornament for each vacation. It was hard to find an ornament in Chinatown that wasn't just a cheap Christmas tree ornament. We finally found this Chinese fish and decided it would perfectly represent our trip.

Ornament #5
I bought two of these stars at ROAR days at Lake Hope State Park. They were made by a local artist and I just loved the colors (and the price). Our family has enjoyed ROAR days for about 4 years now and has become a much anticipated trip in the fall.

Ornament #6
Crazy Angel
Lara saw me taking pictures of ornaments and wanted me to post about this one. She thought it was just looked funny :) It certainly does! Not sure what year this one was made but I remember having fun with the glitter glue.